Mayor urges Limerick people to spend online with local businesses

first_img Previous articleTop hotel award comes after 300 staff laid off at Adare ManorNext articleEarls returns as nine Munster players named in Irish squad for Autumn Nations Cup Staff Reporter Mayor Michael Collins.LIMERICK City and County Council has joined forces with Limerick Chamber in a call to support home grown businesses by shopping local and early as the Christmas period approaches.With Level Five Covid restrictions affecting many shops across the city and county, Mayor Michael Collins has asked the people of Limerick to spend their money online with local businesses.Many of these businesses have been supported by the establishment of initiative launched earlier this year. The free online shopping platform was a response by Limerick City and County Council and Limerick Chamber to help Limerick businesses trade while their doors were closed by connecting consumers with local suppliers for their shopping needs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We have an opportunity to do for the Christmas period what was done for the summer by getting behind local businesses and making sure that they   finish out this very challenging year with our support and encouragement,” Mayor Collins said.“As it is not possible to shop instore with so many businesses over the coming weeks, I would impress on the public to support them online and not immediately think of global online marketplaces as a first option.“Limerick City and County Council made this easier this year with an innovative offering by establishing the platform. Over 225 businesses have participated in this programme and we would ask the public to go to the site to explore the brilliant offering these businesses have. I would also like to call on businesses not yet registered on to do so, it’s free and you’ll be part of a wider Christmas marketing campaign.”Chief Executive of Limerick Chamber, Dee Ryan said: “There’s fantastic choice and quality across Limerick and if we all get behind this initiative, we can give local business the Christmas boost that it deserves.“It’s not alone that we support these businesses but, in doing so, we are supporting employment in Limerick. More than ever, this Christmas period is a time to ‘shop Limerick’,” she said.Local small businesses are being encouraged to avail of training opportunities over the challenging weeks ahead with Limerick Local Enterprise Office. There are still a number of places available on its ‘How to Manage a Retail Business During Uncertain Times’ course.This interactive online workshop that enables independent retailers to go back to their businesses and implement a step by step approach towards ensuring their business succeeds and improves their bottom line.A Trading Online Voucher, which is designed to stimulate a small business to develop its online trading presence is also available through the Limerick LEO with a maximum amount payable of €2,500. It can be used to develop or upgrade an e-commerce website or implement a digital marketing strategy.“Limerick businesses have made incredible efforts this year to support customers with a wide range of initiatives to support public health. The least we can do in return is support them online during what should be the busiest trading time of the year and hopefully moving to these restrictions will make a difference so we all can look forward to a safe Christmas,” Mayor Collins concluded. WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img Email BusinessNewsMayor urges Limerick people to spend online with local businessesBy Staff Reporter – November 5, 2020 179 Print Linkedinlast_img read more

OCPS Celebrates National Bike Month Using Pedal Power to Boost Brain Power

first_imgMay is National Bike Month and Ocean City Primary School teacher Ms. Merritt is celebrating with her 1st grade class by completing a cross curricular bike study.In 2016, Ms. Merritt received a grant from the Ocean City Education Foundation for six desk cycles. Merritt’s goal for this grant was to incorporate fitness and wellness into the academic curriculum, while increasing cognitive engagement and boosting “brain power”.Last week the students used desk cycles provided through the OCEF Grant to compete in Merritt’s Miles of Math. The desk cycles are multi-sensory resources that use the computer to record distance. The focus of Merritt’s Miles of Math was to spin as many miles as possible in a three-day period. This friendly competition required students to log miles, while incorporating addition through adding the cumulative miles each day.On Friday, May 12th, the class was fortunate enough to have Ocean City Officials and city employees join them in the competition. Joining the competition were OCPD Chief Callahan, OCFD Chief Smith, Officer Jenn Elias, Lisa Rumer, Dave Allegretto and Ed Comby.“It is important to me that my students become involved in the Ocean City community. Our school district receives awesome support from our local government and businesses. I wanted my students to watch the support in action. Additionally, it was great fun to see our chief of police, chief of fire and other local city employees engage and interact with the students in the classroom setting. This activity is one illustration of how learning can be both fun and meaningful.” – Carrie Merritt, 1st Grade Teacher for Ocean City Primary SchoolNational Bike Month was established in 1956 to demonstrate and support the benefits of bicycling. There are various reasons why bicycling advocates ride, including: to preserve their health, help the environment, get from place-to-place, or explore. To learn more: read more

Bill would expand funding for Guardian ad Litem Program

first_imgBill would expand funding for Guardian ad Litem Program April 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Bill would expand funding for Guardian ad Litem Program Associate EditorWhy put a children’s legal advocacy program in the agency that deals with the elderly? Why risk independence by moving the Guardian ad Litem Program from the judiciary to the executive branch? Despite those concerns, SB 686 passed out of the Senate on third reading March 14.The bill was pending on the House special order calendar as this News went to press.The product of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, SB 686, at a cost of about $12 million, expands funding for the Guardian ad Litem Program. Now, despite a statutory mandate and a judge appointing them, guardians are only available for half of the abused and neglected children in need.“In fact, it doubles the funding so there will be no child in Florida unrepresented,” Burt said during the Senate floor debate on second reading March 13.The bill also clarifies when the guardian ad litem or an attorney is appointed in dependency proceedings and gives the court flexibility to adjust the representation of the child based on the age of the child and the child’s level of understanding, Burt said.While children’s advocates applaud increasing representation for children in dependency court, especially with a statutory mechanism in place to pay for legal representation of children, the sticking point was where to move the Guardian ad Litem Program. Now, the GAL program is housed at the Office of State Courts Administrator without a state director. SB 686 would move the GAL program to the Department of Elder Affairs, where a new executive director will be appointed by the governor. That executive director, who will serve for three years, will supervise a separate Statewide Public Guardianship deputy director and a separate Children’s Representation deputy director.“I am terribly concerned that we are going to not only remove the independence out of the Guardian ad Litem Program, which it now enjoys under the judicial branch, but also give it to an agency that has absolutely nothing to do with responsibility to children,” said Sen. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Pembroke Pines.Echoing the position of Rep. Cindy Lerner, D-Miami, whose HB 629 dealing with a new home for the GAL Program had stalled in the House, Wasserman Schultz said it was best to heed the recommendation of the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. OPPAGA recommended the Guardian ad Litem Program be administered by the Judicial Administrative Commission, that now does the accounting procedures for the state attorneys, public defenders, and capital collateral lawyers.Also, Wasserman Schultz warned, the only state that houses its GAL program in the executive branch is South Carolina, “and right now they are going through chaos.”She also reminded senators of when the Department of Children and Families was the old HRS, where programs for both the elderly and children were housed, and “that department was a fiasco.”Under SB 686, she said, “I don’t really understand how the Guardian ad Litem Program will get the independence it needs and get the attention it deserves.”Burt responded: “Well, it will get the attention it deserves because it will have a gubernatorial appointment in charge. That’s number one: The person running it will not be an employee of any other state agency. I think that you’re hung up over the administrative housing of the agency, as opposed to the operational aspects of the agency.”Burt detailed how his Judiciary Committee wrestled with other alternatives, including using the public defender’s office or the attorney general’s office to administer the program, but there were inherent conflicts of interest, just as there currently are with the judges who must decide a child’s fate also administering an advocacy program that represents that child.“It didn’t make any sense to us to put a commission in charge of it, which was the other alternative,” Burt said. “And it didn’t make sense to us to have this float sort of in never-never land.”Sen. Ron Silver, D-N. Miami, said he, too, wanted to leave the program in the judiciary, but learning about the current conflicts changed his mind.“Let me just tell you this: You have to put it somewhere,” Silver said. “I would hope that you don’t deal with the nomenclature, but you deal with what we are trying to do. We are trying to provide advocacy for children.. . . Look, I’m as frustrated as anybody else about where to put this. But this seems to be the best place of all the alternatives. I’m just suggesting to you: Let’s give this a chance.”last_img read more